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Actress Elizabeth Peña’s Death Tied to Alcohol Use


Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Elizabeth Peña died of cardiopulmonary arrest, with complications related to alcohol abuse as a contributing cause, according to her death certificate.

Peña suffered from “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ and verified by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.

Peña had cirrhosis for “months” before her death, according to her document.

Also contributing to Peña’s immediate cause of death, “cardiopulmonary arrest,” were “acute gastrointestinal bleeding” and “cardiogenic shock,” both listed on the death certificate as conditions she had for hours before her death.

Peña died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.

Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, who had said at the time that Peña died of natural causes, and Peña’s family did not immediately respond on Thursday to ABC News’ request for comment.

Over her four-decade career, the versatile actress shifted between dramatic roles in such films as Lone Star and La Bamba, and comedic parts in TV shows like Modern Family and American Dad.

Peña is survived by her husband, Hans Rolla, her two children, her mother and her sister.

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Police Deny Wrongdoing in Treatment of Misty Upham Before Her Death


Brian To/WireImage(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police in Auburn, Wash., say they did nothing wrong in dealing with now-deceased actress Misty Upham in the days and weeks leading up to her death.

The Native American actress, who appeared in August: Osage County, Frozen River, and Django Unchained, was found dead in Auburn, a suburb of Seattle, on Oct. 16, more than a week after her family reported her missing.

Since her death, the family has criticized the Auburn Police Department for its handling of Upham and said the department bears some responsibility for her death.

“We believe that Misty’s death was accidental. She did not commit suicide,” the actress’ father, Charles Upham, wrote in statement on Facebook the day after her body was found. “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road.”

Charles Upham wrote that his daughter was afraid of the Auburn police.

“In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car,” he said. “They were tapping on the window making faces at her.”

But in a statement sent to ABC News, the Auburn Police Department denied any wrongdoing and said they have received no complaints of mistreatment from the actress, her family or town or medical officials.

“Since July of 2013, the Auburn Police Department has responded to five separate incidents involving Ms. Upham,” the statement read. “On four of those incidents, she was contacted by officers and she did not object to being transported by private ambulance for further evaluation. On the 5th incident, Misty had already left the residence and officers were unable to locate her. Each contact was handled professionally and with compassion, with the goal of getting Ms. Upham the attention and care she needed.”

After Charles Upham wrote that his daughter had “a swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder,” after contact with police during the incident prior to her disappearance, police responded that any inference that it was “at the hands of the police” was “not correct.”

“Rather, included in a related written report, Ms. Upham stated that she had sustained a sprained ankle and black eye when she jumped out a two-story window,” the statement said.

Upham’s family also faulted police for their handling of the actress’ disappearance on Oct. 5, maintaining that the police could have done more to find her.

The police statement countered that police “did not ignore Ms. Upham’s disappearance in this most recent episode.”

As soon as her information was entered into a missing person’s database, police added, “an active search and investigation commenced,” which included checks in the areas where she was last seen, interviews with family members and friends, and the involvement of the Seattle Police Department.

Police also tried to locate Upham through her cell phone signal but said her service had been disconnected prior to her disappearance.

The department said that it “will continue to search for answers to unravel the mystery behind her passing,” according to the statement. “We intend to find the information that will help bring closure to the people who loved and cared for Ms. Upham.”

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Watch Zach Galifianakis Ask Brad Pitt If He's Seen "Friends"


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Zach Galifianakis tends to give his guests a hard time when they appear on his comedic online show, Between Two Ferns.

This time, he rendered Brad Pitt speechless.

"Tell me what it was like, the first time you laid eyes on Angelina [Jolie]. Was it like one of those classical love stories like when Ross met Rachel?" he asked, referring to Pitt's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and her character on Friends. "You know that show, Friends? Have you seen it?"

With that, he played the show's theme song.

"I like that song," Pitt responded with a smile.

The rest of the video is equally funny, with Galifianakis presenting Pitt with what appears to be a bong ("It's a bassoon," he insisted, to which Pitt responded, "Yeah, we don't bassoon in my house anymore"), referring to the actor as "Bradley Pitts," and asking, "Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan...because you live in your wife's shadow?" Watch it here.

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Teresa Giudice Sentenced to Serve Time at Prison in Danbury


Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Teresa Giudice will kick off 2015 by reporting to prison.

On Jan. 5, the reality TV star is expected report to a federal prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut -- the same facility that serves as the setting for Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black.

Judge Esther Salas, who oversaw Giudice's federal tax fraud case, learned on a conference call with the reality TV star's lawyers Wednesday that the federal Bureau of Prisons assigned Giudice to Danbury, which was one of the facilities recommended by the judge.

Salas also told Giudice's attorneys on a conference call Thursday that she will not recommend that the mother of four serve most of the sentence in a halfway house, as requested, although the final decision will be made by the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Upon hearing her sentence, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star admitted she was "shocked."

"I was shaking," she told Bravo host Andy Cohen on Oct 6. "At one point, I couldn't even move my fingers. They were stuck. I couldn't open my hands...my nerves were shot, I've had sleepless nights."

Giudice's husband Joe, who was sentenced to 3.5 years, will begin his time behind bars when his wife is free. The judge staggered their sentence in the interest of the couple's four young daughters.

Luckily for her, the Danbury prison, a low-security women's facility, is a relatively short drive from the Giudice's New Jersey home. It also had its fair share of Hollywood moments. Not only did Kerman serve time there, but so did singer Lauryn Hill (for failing to file tax returns). It has also been mentioned in TV shows including, The Sopranos, CSI: New York and Weeds.

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Mike Sorrentino Pleads Not Guilty to Tax Fraud Conspiracy


Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit tax fraud at his arraignment Thursday, as did his brother, Marc Sorrentino.

The former Jersey Shore star will remain free on $250,000 bail. A trial has been set for Dec. 2.

The Sorrentinos have both been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to paperwork obtained by ABC News last month.

Mike Sorrentino, 32, was also charged with two counts of filing false tax returns for 2010-2012, while his older brother was charged with three counts of the same.

Mike Sorrentino also is accused of failing to file a tax return for 2011, when authorities claimed he earned nearly $2 million.

Both brothers face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.

"According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances," U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman told ABC News station WABC in New York City at the time. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: Telling the truth to the IRS is not optional."

Mike Sorrentino did not comment outside the courtroom after Thursday's proceedings.

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Zelda Williams Gets Tattoo to Honor Her Father Robin Williams


Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The world mourned when comedian Robin Williams died this past August, but undoubtedly none were more affected than his children.

To memorialize her father, Williams' daughter, Zelda, got a new tattoo of a hummingbird on her hand.

"For poppo. Thank you to the incomparable [tattoo artist] @dr_woo_ssc for so beautifully bringing my reminders to life," she wrote on Instagram. "I'll always put my hand out to shake with a smile."

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Robin Williams was 63 when he died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide. Since his death, Zelda Williams, 25, has been vocal on social media, condemning online bullies and addressing "misconceptions" about mental health.

Now, she's not sure if she wants to continue having such a presence on Instagram, though she said she won't shut down her account and will remain on Twitter.

"If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity," she wrote. "They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you."

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Mike Tyson, Man of Letters: Ex-Champ Applies to Join Union of Russian Writers


Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Chekhov. Pushkin. Gogol. Gorky. Bulgakov. Tyson?

Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson has applied to join the Union of Russian Writers, an elite group of Russian scribes that also allows foreign members.

His promoter, perhaps not surprisingly, told ABC’s Tanya Stukalova, he was confident Tyson will be accepted as a member.

Representatives for the Union of Russian Writers were unavailable for comment, but Tyson's promoter said a decision could be announced as early as Thursday evening with a public presentation next Monday.

Tyson last year penned an autobiography, Tyson: Undisputed Truth, and that was submitted along with his application to the Union.

He will arrive in Moscow in a few weeks to attend a fight by a Russian boxer.

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Lorraine Toussaint Shares Her Secret Hopes for “Orange Is the New Black” Character


Desiree Navarro/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- SPOILER ALERT: Last season on Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint guest starred as Vee, a prisoner that shook up the women's federal prison. And although her evil character was killed off at the end of season two, fans have continued to wonder if she's really dead.

"She's definitely taken a hit. She's taken a seriously bad hit. The creator Jenji Kohan believes she's dead and she would know," Toussaint tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, "but I secretly do think [she's alive.] Now it is Vee. It is Vee."

Toussaint says she's humbled that some fans are hoping that she's not quite dead. "Mostly I'm so flattered and honored that people actually want her to still be alive," she adds.

"If she is alive I just hope she's nowhere near my house," Toussaint quips.

Toussaint, who just wrapped filming Selma in Birmingham, Alabama, said she had no idea her character was so beloved. It wasn't until she stopped filming the Civil Rights-era film and went back to New York that she realized her fan base.

"I did not know that show was going to be such a huge phenomenon. It really caught me unawares and off guard. I've never had construction workers come out of the pit to go, 'Lady, I just gotta shake your hand. I just gotta shake your hand lady' and attorneys and judges and students and 13 and 14-year-olds," she explains.

After wrapping up her guest starring role on Orange Is the New Black, Toussaint is starring in ABC's new fantasy medical drama, Forever. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Kim Kardashian Says Daughter North Will Have to ‘Work for What She Wants’


Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian insists there will be no free ride for her daughter North.  The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells the London Evening Standard North will have to pay her own way when she gets older, just like she did.

The 34-year-old reality star reveals that in spite of her family's wealth, she worked at a clothing store while she was in school. If she wanted designer clothes, Kim had to save up her money, and she'd like Nori to "work for what she wants" too.

“I saved up for this Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me. I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them," she tells the U.K. newspaper. 

"We didn’t get anything [from our parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save,” she adds.

Kardashian admits that comes as a surprise to most people.

“I was saying that earlier to my friends, ‘I wonder what [North’s] first job is gonna be,’" Kardashian recalls, adding, "And they were like, ‘What? She’s gonna have a job?’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Of course she is’. She will have to work for what she wants.”

In fact, North's mom is already putting her daughter to work. The 16-month-old has already started modeling for Vogue and CR Fashion Book.

When asked what she thought North might do when she's older, Kardashian responded, “I don’t know. She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer. Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”

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Blaming ‘Hydra’ Leak, Marvel Releases “Age of Ultron” Teaser


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- That high-pitched sound you may have heard Wednesday afternoon was the collective squeal of millions of geeks after a teaser to Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online. Marvel quickly -- and cheekily -- responded to the leaked footage with a two-word tweet, "Dammit, Hydra," and by releasing the full-resolution version of the trailer.

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sees Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark enacting a peacekeeping program utilizing drone versions of his Iron Man suits, which serve to give Earth's Mightiest Heroes some R&R -- that is until the artificial intelligence behind the suits becomes self-aware as Ultron.

Voiced by James Spader, Ultron is a virtually indestructible mechanical menace who seeks to pacify the planet by exterminating its troubling inhabitants: all of mankind.


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The teaser, some of which was shown to limited audiences at Comic Cons in San Diego over the summer and recently in New York City, is punctuated with Ultron's promise to show the heroes, "something beautiful...everyone screaming for mercy," while admonishing them for "wanting to protect the world," but not being willing to go far enough.

"You're all puppets tangled in strings," Ultron says, warning, "There are no strings on me."

Driving home the point are scenes of Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Mark Ruffalo's Dr. Bruce Banner seemingly mourning worldwide destruction -- set to the downright creepiest version of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings" ever recorded.

"It's the end," a defeated Stark says of his out-of-control creation. "The end of the path I started us on."

"Nothing lasts forever," Widow responds.

The set-piece of the snippet, however, was the buzzed about face-off between The Incredible Hulk and Stark's super-sized "Hulkbuster" Iron Man armor. Exactly what pits "science bros" Stark and Banner against each other remains to be seen.

As the two minute teaser ends, Ultron hisses, "Now I'm free. There are no strings on me," as we see Captain America's nearly indestructible vibranium shield shattered.

Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. The film from Marvel Studios, which like ABC News is owned by Disney, hits theaters in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

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Movie Review: “St. Vincent” (Rated PG-13)


Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — St. Vincent isn’t a particularly complex story. In fact, it’s quite simple. Bill Murray’s Vincent is a different story entirely.
 
When we first meet Vincent of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, we quickly learn he doesn’t have enough money to pay off any of his debts, which include his bar tab, gambling arrears, and money owed for services rendered by his favorite pregnant Russian prostitute, Daka, played by the vastly underrated Naomi Watts (just two Oscar nominations is not enough). There’s also the matter of Vincent’s manner: it’s awful.
 
While passed out on his kitchen floor, with a bruised and bloodied face to show for it, Vincent’s fortunes change when a moving van backs into his fence and breaks a branch off of a tree, damaging both. The van belongs to his new neighbors, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). While Vincent wants nothing to do with them, he does want money for the fence and tree.
 
Maggie’s having a tough time. She’s in the middle of a divorce and Oliver’s father is refusing to pay child support.  She desperately wants Oliver to have a good education, so she decides to send him to a Catholic school, even though the young man is Jewish.  Oliver returns from his first day of school to discover he’s locked out of the house, so he asks Vincent for help. The curmudgeonly alcoholic reluctantly lends a hand, and so begins the unlikely friendship at the heart of the movie -- and St. Vincent has a lot of heart.
 
This isn’t the most original story, but writer and first-time feature director Theodore Melfi does a beautiful job capturing the idiosyncrasies and latent hypocrisy of the human condition.  One of my favorite scenes involves Vincent weaving his way through the long velvet ropes and stanchions of an empty line inside his bank. Here’s a man who seems utterly self-absorbed, who doesn’t play well with others, abuses alcohol, sleeps with a pregnant prostitute and is in deep to a loan shark, yet here he follows the rules and walks the entirety of the empty bank line.
 
St. Vincent is the most complete performance of Bill Murray’s career. At first glance, Vincent feels like a familiar and predictable character, but Murray’s deft touch provides this protagonist with many complex layers. He doesn’t do it alone, though. He has a few terrific scenes with Watts but Murray’s best work comes with young Lieberher, a baby-faced 11-year-old who’s probably one of the more natural actors you‘ll see at that age. Like Vincent himself, St. Vincent isn’t perfect, but Murray’s performance is.
 
Four out of five stars.

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Matthew McConaughey Reveals 'Gut Reason' He Took "Interstellar" Role


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) --  When Matthew McConaughey was considering taking the role of a father and former astronaut in the science-fiction movie Interstellar, he says he thought of his son Levi.

"He was into space and I would explain things in the solar system and how we got on the moon and all these things, and [he'd have] these young, wondrous eyes trying to, you know, work this out in his head," McConaughey said. "That was the main gut reason why I had to do this film."

The Oscar winner appears alongside fellow Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the Christopher Nolan film. They all sat down for an interview recently with ABC News' David Muir.

The film centers on a team of explorers that travels to another galaxy in search of another planet for humans to live on because Earth is in trouble over climate change.

The movie is due out Nov. 5 in select theaters and in wide release Nov. 7.


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Nolan said that he was drawn to the emotion of the script, which was originally written by his brother Jonathan Nolan.

"My brother's original script has this amazing set of characters at the heart of it. This family who's sort of tested in this extraordinary way," he said. "And that's the thing that I most related to in the film."

Hathaway revealed that a particular scene during which her character cried had her hugging her castmates even more than usual.

"I immediately wanted to go out and find a comedy to act in," she said with a laugh.

Nolan and his crew turned to Kip Thorne, a renowned theoretical physicist who has long studied the far reaches of the universe, for help on creating the black hole the astronauts travel through. Nolan said parts of a spaceship were also built and used on the set, rather than a green screen or special effects.

"If you look at this film and you look at where we are right now in the world — and the climate changes that’s happening … You have to push forward and evoke some kind of positive change in your life, in the world," Chastain said. "It’s an incredible, thrilling movie."

She said she also hoped the movie would inspire younger generations.

"The idea that there could be a 7-year-old kid and it inspires her or him to want to go into space and explore space, I think that’s incredible," Chastain said.

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Lorde Dishes On Visiting the "Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1" Set


Ethan Miller/Getty Images via ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- When Lorde was tapped to curate the soundtrack of the upcoming Hunger Games movie Mockingjay Part 1, she found that part of the gig was being allowed to visit the movie's set.

For the singer, the experience was nothing short of "magical."

"In Berlin I had a show and The Hunger Games was shooting just across the road," she told Billboard. "A bunch of their people came over [to my show] -- Woody [Harrelson] was at the show being dragged away, because it was time to shoot. [And] we went to the set, which was so amazing for me."

"I've never been to a film set before," she added. "And just seeing, like, you know, everyone has a place, everything is so perfectly timed and...they call action and it's just all on. It's like, so magical. That was really fun."

The Mockingjay soundtrack is a blend of pop and R&B artists such as Charli XCX, Tove Lo, Miguel and Tinashé; British left-of-center acts like Bat for Lashes and The Chemical Brothers; rappers like Pusha T, Q-Tip and Kanye West; and '80s icons like Duran Duran frontman Simon LeBon and model/actress Grace Jones, who is one of Lorde's all-time idols. Lorde says she personally reached out to all of them to invite them to participate.

"It was really important to me, with the soundtrack, that people knew how involved I was, and a lot of that was me reaching out to people really directly, having a conversation on the phone, sending an email, sending a text, because I wanted people to know that, 'Your song isn't just going to be flung into some pot and, you know, chosen later,'" she explained. "I really cared about what was happening."

Reaching out directly, Lorde added, led to "some crazy experiences, like calling Grace Jones on the phone. She's like, 'I'm in the spa, give me a second.' I'm like, 'Of course, you're Grace Jones. ...I'll wait!'"

One person who can't wait to hear the Mockingjay soundtrack when it arrive November 17 is actress Willow Shields, who plays Katniss Everdeen's sister Primrose.

"Oh my God, I'm extremely excited," she told ABC News about the soundtrack. "I mean, I'm a huge fan of Lorde to begin with, and the fact that she's curating the soundtrack makes me so excited, because she also has just a great sense of who she loves as artists...so she's gonna get a lot of great people on that soundtrack."

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 arrives in theaters November 21.

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Watch Kim Kardashian Call Herself 'Dope on a Rope' at Age 13


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Some things never change!

Even as a teenager, Kim Kardashian loved the camera.

In honor of the reality TV star's 34th birthday, Entertainment Tonight released footage of Kardashian celebrating her eighth-grade graduation with mom Kris Jenner and her sister Kourtney -- and she was very vocal about how well-liked she was.

"I'm the dopest on the ropest person in this class. I'm dope on a rope," she said in the video. "Everyone loves me because I'm so popular and everyone loves me!"

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Taylor Swift Reveals How Fame Has Changed Her Day-to-Day Life


ABC/Richard Harbaugh(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift may sing about universal truths, but her life is decidedly different.

Fame, she said, has allowed her to splurge on things like a private jet ("Isn't that crazy?" she said in Esquire) but it's also forced her to lose a bit of autonomy.

"I fought the idea of having security for a very long time, because I really value normalcy. I really do. I like to be able to take a drive by myself. Haven't done that in six years," she told the magazine. "[Even in Tennessee, my bodyguards] have to be in a car behind me because just the sheer number of men we have in a file who have showed up at my house, showed up at my mom's house, threatened to either kill me, kidnap me, or marry me. This is the strange and sad part of my life that I try not to think about. I try to be lighthearted about it, because I don't ever want to be scared. I don't want to be walking down the street scared. And when I have security, I don't have to be scared."

There have been a lot of changes in Swift's life recently. The singer, 24, recently moved to New York City and is planning to release her new album, 1989, later this month. And despite recently moving to a place that many stars call home, New York City, Swift said she won't leave her home if she's having a bad day, so that she doesn't accidentally snap at a fan.

"It's a social situation every time I go out," she explained. "I just have to wake up in the morning and say, 'How am I feeling today? If someone asks for a picture, am I gonna feel imposed upon today because I'm dealing with my own stuff? Am I gonna take my own stuff out on some innocent 14-year-old today and be in a bad mood?' OK, maybe not … Maybe I won't leave the house."

Her career also forced the singer to finish two years of high school in 12 months ("That was just the most practical way to do it," she said) and deal with online trolling in a way that would reduce most people to tears.

"That's what I don't like about celebrity culture and the obsession with it, and the takedown culture that we seem to be in. You have celebrities who are pushed to the brink of a public meltdown, and so the public thinks that every person in the public eye has dirty secrets that they're keeping, or isn't what they seem, or is masking it and faking sincerity, faking authenticity, faking being surprised at award shows when you win a Grammy," she said. "I'm not gonna let them make me have a meltdown."

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